Saturn reliability

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Old 10-30-03, 07:20 AM
Carie
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Saturn reliability

I am looking to buy a used Saturn. It is '95 model 4-dr.
I was just wanting to know if anyone has had experience w/ Saturns or is familiar with any known "Saturn Quirks". Any reply as to the dependability, mechanically or otherwise would be appreciated

Thanks in advance for any input

Carie
 
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Old 10-30-03, 07:40 AM
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My mother has a 1993 SL2. Lackluster quality.

Not bad, easy to fix, parts are cheap, but could be a little more refined than it is. You're better off with 1999 and up, they made some improvements.

You won't go "wrong", but you won't get a refined vehicle.
 
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Old 10-30-03, 05:10 PM
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Joe,

Thanks for your input. I did buy the Saturn. It was in superior condition and was a steal. I am quite pleased with it.

Thanks again,
Carie
 
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Old 10-31-03, 04:29 AM
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I recently had cause to ask the same question of the best mechanic I know (my younger brother's sis-in-law was offered a really good deal). His answer was similar to what Joe said; decent car, nothing facny, and will probably give you good service. He DID say that Saturn alternators have a fairly high failure rate, but not so bad as to turn down a good deal on one.
 
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Old 10-31-03, 04:53 AM
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Well, I was very surprised that it was in the condition it was in. To be an 8 year old car it is in superior condition, physically and mechanically. It still sounds like a new car and runs so smooth. When i test drove it yesterday, I took it to Interstate and got it up to 80 mph and it didn't shimmy, shudder or road walk. I checked everything on it i knew to check, right down to how it may blow my hair when the window is down, lol. I got a damn good deal on it paying only $1200. It was apparently well maintained by the previous owner.

Anyway thanks guys
 
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Old 10-31-03, 07:44 AM
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I would be wary of a vehicle like that, sounds like it's less than book value---usually that means there are issues.

You DID run a Carfax report and verify it, right?
 
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